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Bethany
Hamilton is rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete. This is the untold
story of the heart of a champion and her resilience against all odds to become
one of the leading professional surfers of our time.
Bethany Hamilton is rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete. This is the untold story of the heart of a champion and her resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of our time.
1,453 backers pledged $116,671 to help bring this project to life.

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Surfs Like A Girl is a two part project that will tell the story of Bethany Hamilton as never seen before in a full-length feature film. At this stage we plan to do a two-phase release. The high-performance sports section will release in Spring 2015 and then we will package it together with the documentary section that will be completed in Fall 2015.

Locations will include Hawaii, Tahiti, Maldives and Indonesia. Plus with your support we can add even more amazing surf destinations to the list!

PART ONE:
Part one is an adrenalin-pumping and compelling technical sports performance film that showcases Bethany's precision skill and passion for navigating some of the best reef breaks and big waves around the globe. Many people know Bethany for her incredible recovery from a tiger shark attack ten years ago in Hawaii and for her philanthropic efforts and motivational speaking events worldwide, but first and foremost she is a professional surfer - and one of the best in the world. Part one is full of surprises and we guarantee that your heart will be racing and that you will not be disappointed!

PART TWO:
Part Two is a documentary that charts Bethany's journey from pre-shark attack days to her pro-surfing life today. This section is about creating a personal relationship with our audience and taking them behind the scenes and into her private life - emotionally, spiritually and physically. An intimate video portrait that reveals a side of Bethany that you have never seen before. Bethany wanted to show her athleticism and technical ability on the waves but also to create a bond with viewers that would encourage them to fiercely pursue their dreams and kick bootie in the water, on the court, in the classroom or wherever their passion takes them.

WHERE WE ARE AT SO FAR
As a supporter we will keep you updated on all aspects of the project. It is truly a fascinating process to watch a documentary film unfold and we encourage you strongly to be a part of our journey and our community. Follow along with 'supporter only' updates and ask questions along the way - we love being connected to our supporters and are eternally grateful for your belief in this project.

Making a documentary of this length that also follows Bethany worldwide is a deep financial investment and takes thousands of production hours to organize, film and edit. We have been fortunate so far to secure some financial backing from Bethany's lead sponsor, Rip Curl, along with a few other private investors. This has essentially kickstarted our campaign and allowed us to capture epic footage in two surf locations abroad, and in Bethany's home state of Hawaii. The documentary content is constantly building and we are always ready to capture those intimate moments that cannot be planned or scripted - the moments that provide a unique portal into Bethany's world. We still have a long way to go but we will push through to complete this journey and bring you an incredible film!

WHAT KICKSTARTER FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR
Costs add up very fast and a film like this takes hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete. From travel to production equipment, from music licensing to publicity & distribution and everything in between. Our Kickstarter goal of $60K is a modest one and the BARE MINIMUM we need to ensure we can finish the filming component of the movie. The reality is that to do this right, and recover some of our expenses, we need much more. Predominantly our Kickstarter funds will help us cover direct filming costs and travel expenses to get to each of our epic destinations. Additional funds raised beyond our goal will be added to our existing funding (which is getting low quickly) and to any additional funding that we secure privately in coming months. Every dollar beyond our initial $60K goal will be used towards our post-production costs and documentary content. It's simple - more money raised equals 1. the option to add more jaw-dropping surf destinations 2. better film equipment 3. additional aerial footage as drones and helicopters are amazing but expensive 4. more choice in music licensing 5. post-production editing costs 6. money to assist with marketing and distribution 7. film festival submissions so we can share Bethany's compelling story and technical surfing skills with the WORLD! 

Large investors are ideal in many situations but it often also means that they will want to have a say in how the project is executed. Although we have a few larger investors, like Rip Curl, they have been very respectful of our vision and supported our choices and direction with this project so far. We are not willing to take on an investor if it means we would have to relinquish some our creative control - so that's where YOU, our wonderful fans and supporters, come in!

Right now we are working directly with Bethany to ensure her skill and life is brought to the screen with integrity and truth - in her true voice, unscripted and incredibly powerful. Please help us raise these funds so we can continue to do this. We have created some fantastic REWARDS to say THANK YOU for your support and for belief in our project. We invite you to be part of our journey and our 'Surfs Like A Girl' community!

As part of our campaign we also invite you to #IGotIt on social media so we can follow along with your dreams and successes too!

Risks and challenges

High performance sports films undoubtedly carry several risks and challenges.

1. COST
Most quality films in any genre are considerably expensive to shoot, and high performance sports films are certainly no exception to the rule. They rely on captivating footage that draws the audience into the screen and invites them to be part of the action. So much of our film depends on incredible footage that makes the viewer feel like they are right there with the athlete.

Camera Gear: To obtain the best footage we will be shooting almost exclusively on RED cameras (with some GoPro), utilizing a range of camera techniques that will include hand held, classic tripod, dollies and finally a drone camera for our stunning aerial footage. With the ability to rent the best equipment we promise to deliver a visually rich and compelling surf film that will leave you in awe and ready to grab anything surfable so you can hit the next wave!

Travel: Travel for Bethany, her assistant and our film crew can add up fast. Flights, car hire, accommodation, meals.

Music: A hidden cost most people are unaware of. Great music can be very expensive and difficult to license and in sports film music plays and integral role in supporting the on-screen action. Luckily we have plenty of experience with licensing music and great partners to work with but negotiating final contracts and costs can increase a budget rapidly.

2. WEATHER
Nature is definitely in control when it comes to surfing. Inclement or flat weather can mean that schedules need to be adjusted last minute. This can result in filming delays that may effect our final release date and push it back a little further than planned. It also means we need to use precious funding to pay for flight changes, cancellations, or local costs while we wait for the perfect waves to arrive.

Although we are confident we will get all the footage we need for this incredible project - the truth is that some things are out of our control and we must adjust our plans accordingly incurring more costs and possible delays.

3. SICKNESS, INJURY or UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
Let's hope this is not an issue, but let's also face the fact that we are not dealing with a controlled environment. Constant traveling can wear you down and make you more vulnerable to sickness which can result in delays or fees to change travel dates. As a high performance sports film, we run the risk of physical injury to either Bethany directly or the camera crew when they are filming in precarious situations that are needed to get certain shots or angles. We will go to almost any length to get the perfect footage!!

No matter what delays we face, with your help we promise to deliver a truly inspiring and jaw-dropping surf performance film and documentary on Bethany Hamilton.

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    YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT PACKAGE
    Otherwise known as the Your Name in Lights and Insiders Package. You will have Bethany’s gratitude and also help encourage young girls and women around the world to let their light shine and be the best they can. You will receive an official "Thank You" in the Surfs Like A Girl closing film credits and you will get exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters.

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    SOCIAL MEDIA THANK YOU PACKAGE
    You will receive everything included in Reward #1 PLUS you will be included in a personal group THANK YOU tweet or Facebook message from @BethanyHamilton.

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    SOCIAL MEDIA THANK YOU PLUS PACKAGE
    So you love social media? So do we! You will receive everything included in Reward #1 PLUS a personal tweet or facebook message posted exclusively to you from Bethany herself. Get noticed and have some fun supporting a great film!

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    THE FILM DOWNLOAD & DIGITAL DUO PACKAGE
    Be one of the first people to receive a download link to the film when it is released. The film will release through DVD, iTunes and various online distribution networks but you will receive the download link a few hours before the rest of the world! Yep, pop some popcorn, call your friends over and host your very own advance screening in your living room! Or keep it all to yourself! PLUS you will receive everything included in Reward #1 PLUS 2 screensavers of Bethany getting fierce on the waves!

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    BODY AND SOUL BOOK PACKAGE
    You will receive an autographed copy of Bethany’s recent book Body and Soul. Sharing Bethany’s expertise as an athlete, BODY AND SOUL helps young girls develop a healthy lifestyle, understand their changing bodies, gain confidence, and establish a pattern of healthy living starting at a young age. This is the perfect way to support Bethany’s project yourself, or pledge at this level as a gift for someone special - a family member or friend. PLUS don't forget you will receive an official "Thank You" in the Surfs Like A Girl closing film credits and you will get exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters.
    *signed books will arrive in time for Christmas and make a great personalized gift. Film credit will occur with film release in 2015

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    FILM LOVERS PACKAGE!
    Receive a personally signed DVD copy of Bethany's famous film Soul Surfer PLUS a digital download link when Surfs Like a Girl releases in 2015. PLUS don't forget you will receive an official "Thank You" in the Surfs Like A Girl closing film credits and you will get exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters.
    *signed DVD's will arrive in time for Christmas and make a great personalized gift. Film credit will occur with film release in 2015

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    SOUL SURFER/ BODY & SOUL BOOK COMBO PACKAGE
    Get a signed copy of both BODY AND SOUL and SOUL SURFER. This is the ultimate book pack that will captivate and stimulate readers to rise up and be the best they can both physically and spiritually. Plus don't forget you will receive an official "Thank You" in the Surfs Like A Girl closing film credits and you will get exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters.
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    ON LOCATION WITH BETHANY - STAR IN YOUR OWN SURF ACTION FILM WITH BETHANY!
    This is one of the ultimate experiences Bethany is offering ONLY through Kickstarter. If you love to surf and have always wanted to have someone make you look great on camera then this is your chance! Experience what it is like not only to make a surf film - but to star in one!! Yep, award winning sports filmmaker Aaron Lieber (aka me) will meet you at the beach bright and early. I will film you all getting ready and warming up for your surf session. Bethany will arrive shortly after and you will hit the waves together for an hour. After your surf session you will head back up on the beach and get ready to head to a private lunch with Bethany at a local restaurant or cafe. Good food and great conversation - we promise! Then it's time for me to hit the edit suite, mix in some great music tracks and make a 60 second sports film of the day to make you look great! We will then post this on YouTube and Bethany will personally post it out through her social media - and tag you of course - so you can share it with all your friends. It does not get much more personal than this. ONLY 4 WILL BE OFFERED AND IT IS A GROUP LEVEL. The date and time is subject to Bethany's schedule in 2015 and the filming will either take place in Orange County California or Kauai - whatever works best for the group and Bethany. PLUS you will also receive a personalized signed copy of Body and Soul, PLUS a signed Soul Surfer DVD PLUS receive a digital download link when Surfs Like a Girl releases in 2015. PLUS an official "Thank You" in the Surfs Like A Girl closing film credits and you will get exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters. [Minimum of 3 backers to make this reward happen.]

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    LIMITED RELEASE SIGNED SILVER GELATIN SURF PRINT
    A true collectors item. This stunning 8X10 print is personally signed and is one of a limited release. Choose from a surf or lifestyle shot. These won’t last as they are a limited release. They are the perfect collectors item or Christmas gift for a Bethany fan. PLUS receive a digital download link when Surfs Like a Girl releases in 2015. PLUS an official "Thank You" in the Surfs Like A Girl closing film credits and you will get exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters.
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    EXCLUSIVE SPONSOR GOODIE BAG
    A fun pack of goodies from Bethany’s lead sponsors. You will receive a pair of Cobian flip flops, Rip Curl trucker hat plus stickers, Sticky Bumps surf wax and stickers, FlyGrip phone cover and a signed Soul Surfer DVD. PLUS receive 2 screensavers and a digital download link when Surfs Like a Girl releases in 2015. PLUS an official "Thank You" in the Surfs Like A Girl closing film credits and you will get exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters.
    *Goodie bag will arrive in time for Christmas and makes a great gift. Film credit will occur with film release in 2015

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    PRIVATE SKYPE CHAT WITH BETHANY
    Your chance to talk with Bethany one-on-one from anywhere in the world! Enjoy your own private skype chat with Bethany for 20 minutes. PLUS receive a digital download link when Surfs Like a Girl releases in 2015. PLUS an official "Thank You" in the Surfs Like A Girl closing film credits and you will get exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters. (The skype chat will take place between now and June 2015 subject to both Bethany and your availability)

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    LUNCH or DINNER WITH BETHANY PACKAGE
    (valid for one person - please add $250 per person up to four people total in your pledge amount at check out)
    Ever wanted to meet Bethany in person? Here is your chance plus a yummy meal is included! Location: Kauai (or anywhere on Bethany's travel schedule subject to her availability). PLUS receive a digital download link when Surfs Like a Girl releases in 2015. PLUS an official "Thank You" in the Surfs Like A Girl closing film credits and you will get exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters.
    *Lunch/dinner will be set up for a date in 2015 that works for both you and Bethany. Film credit will occur with film release in 2015

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    SURF WITH BETHANY PACKAGE
    2 hour surf session with Bethany on Kauai – or another coastal location if it works with Bethany’s travel schedule. A morning or afternoon of soul surfing on the waves. This package is designed for people who already surf - from beginner to experienced. However if you are new to the waves we can organize for Bethany's coach to join us for an additional fee*. PLUS receive a digital download link when Surfs Like a Girl releases in 2015. PLUS an official "Thank You" in the Surfs Like A Girl closing film credits and you will get exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters.
    *Bethany's coach charges $150 per hour if needed.

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    AUTOGRAPHED SURFBOARD SPORTS MEMORABILIA PACKAGE
    A unique and valuable collectible for true fans. Hang it in your home, office or club! It's sure to impress and goes to a great cause! You will receive a personally autographed Channel Islands Surfboard from Bethany's personal collection. Only 4 boards are available so hurry! PLUS a pair of Bethany's signature sandals from Cobian PLUS receive a digital download link when Surfs Like a Girl releases in 2015. PLUS a signed copy of the DVD Soul Surfer PLUS an official "VIP Thank You" in the Surfs Like A Girl closing film credits and you will get exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters.
    *includes shipping with in the United States. International shipping will be provided through UPS, DHL, FEDEX or similar. Surfboard and DVD will arrive by Christmas and film credit will occur when the film releases in 2015

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    FILM SPONSOR PACKAGE
    Your company logo and name will feature as our "VIP Kickstarter Sponsor" in the film credits. Bethany will also provide numerous social media call outs to you personally or to your company or organization. In addition you will receive 2 signed copies of the DVD Soul Surfer, two signed copies of Bethany's books Soul Surfer and Body and Soul and a Sponsor Goodie Bag (see reward level 9 for details). You will also receive exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters.
    *Books, DVDs and Goodie bag will ship in time for Christmas. Film credit and download link will occur with film release in 2015

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    VIP FILM SCREENING PACKAGE WITH BETHANY AS YOUR PERSONAL GUEST
    Invite your closest friends, members or employees for the ultimate evening. Up to 100* of your chosen guests will attend a local movie theater in your town to watch Surfs Like A Girl when it releases in 2015. Or if you have your own theater screening location, invite up to 500 guests and we can screen it there. It does not get more personal than this and it's the perfect way to support this incredible film and it's deeper message to encourage young people and women worldwide to pursue their dreams without fear. Choose this package and customize it as a special event for friends, or as the event of the year for your company or as a fundraiser for your organization. In addition you will receive social media call outs from Bethany, a digital film download when the film releases, VIP mention in our film credits, 2 copies of the DVD Soul Surfer, two signed copies of Bethany's books Soul Surfer and Body and Soul and exclusive “behind-the-scenes” updates just for Kickstarter supporters.
    *Bethany's travel will be covered within Hawaii and to the West Coast of mainland USA. Travel beyond this is subject to an additional fee. If you have more than 500 guests, please contact us to discuss options. You can also utilize this package as a fundraising event for your non-profit organization and charge for entry (subject to Bethany approving the organization). We also a have highly experienced team that specialize in seamless event management who can be hired for an additional fee. Please contact Pia at pia@sayoi.com to discuss package options and how we can make this the best experience possible. The film is due to release in Fall 2015.

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Funding period

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